Precious cargo - Air New Zealand carries RATs to the rescue
The airline is operating nine charter flights through to 20 February, and Air New Zealand's General Manager Cargo Anna Palairet says there are plenty more in the works.
"Operating these charter flights was a no brainer. There is a real urgency to bring Rapid Antigen Tests into New Zealand, and we're proud to be playing our part in getting them here. It's truly been a fantastic team effort between Air New Zealand, Ministry of Health and the freight forwarders.
"We've been operating charters for RAT kits since December, but things are really ramping up now. In addition to charters, we've also been making use of capacity on commercial flights. Where we've got space, we're using it for RATs. While we are constrained by available aircraft and operating crew for charter flights, having our 777-300 back in action from last week will help to increase cargo capacity across the network.
"We know the demand is there, and our teams are doing everything they can to try and fulfil it."
Air New Zealand has seen its cargo business skyrocket over the past two years, with an estimated 200 million tonnes of product carried since 2020.
Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.
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